Royals’ Omar Infante hopes to play three days after taking a pitch on his jaw

Omar Infante applied an icepack to the right side of his jaw as he ambled through the Royals clubhouse. The stitches on the left side of his chin still ached. Swallowing was a chore; talking wasn’t much more pleasant. Yet he hoped to return to action on Friday night at Target Field, just three days after an 89-mph fastball struck him in the face.

Tuesday’s Royals-Rays lineups

The Royals face the Rays on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. The game begins at 7:10 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City. Here is the lineup as Yordano Ventura faces Chris Archer (1-0, 3.00 ERA):

Royals bring up right-hand reliever Aaron Brooks

The Royals’ 11-man bullpen lasted all of three games. To add depth to the unit, the team selected the contract of right-hander Aaron Brooks, who will be available to aid the club until reliever Louis Coleman returns from a bone bruise in his right middle finger.